High-tech carts will tell on Cleveland residents who don’t recycle … and they face $100 fine

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/08/city_of_cleveland_to_use_high-.html

Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 8:00 AM     Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010, 8:09 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It would be a stretch to say that Big Brother will hang out in Clevelanders’ trash cans, but the city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling — and fine them $100 if they don’t.

The move is part of a high-tech collection system the city will roll out next year with new trash and recycling carts embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes.

The chips will allow city workers to monitor how often residents roll carts to the curb for collection. If a chip show a recyclable cart hasn’t been brought to the curb in weeks, a trash supervisor will sort through the trash for recyclables.

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Trash carts containing more than 10 percent recyclable material could lead to a $100 fine, according to Waste Collection Commissioner Ronnie Owens. Recyclables include glass, metal cans, plastic bottles, paper and cardboard.

City Council on Wednesday approved spending $2.5 million on high-tech carts for 25,000 households across the city, expanding a pilot program that began in 2007 with 15,000 households.

The expansion will continue at 25,000 households a year until nearly all of the city’s 150,000 residences are included. Existing carts might be retrofitted with the microchips.

“We’re trying to automate our system to be a more efficient operation,” Owens said. “This chip will assist us in doing our job better.”

The chip-embedded carts are just starting to catch on elsewhere. The Washington, D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va., earlier this year announced it would issue carts to check whether people are recycling.

Some cities in England have used the high-tech trash carts for several years to weigh how much garbage people throw out. People are charged extra for exceeding allotted limits.

Cleveland officials want to automate nearly all residential waste collection under a program being financed in part by a new fee that went into effect earlier this year.

The automated trucks allow drivers to remain in the cab and empty carts using a remote-control arm. Cleveland owns three of these trucks and plans to buy nine more.

Recycling is good for the environment and the city’s bottom line, officials said. Cleveland pays $30 a ton to dump garbage in landfills, but earns $26 a ton for recyclables.

The city last year sent 220,000 tons of garbage to landfills and collected 5,800 tons of recyclables.

City Council approved updated trash collection ordinances last month to include a section on automated waste collection and curbside recycling. The new law changes infractions of the law from a minor misdemeanor to a civil penalty. The recycling law only applies to residents who have been issued the carts.

The new law also prohibits people from setting out excessive amounts of trash on tree lawns, which officials say has been an ongoing problem. Fines for excessive trash will range from $250 to $500 depending on the amount.

In either case, the property owner receives the citation. Landlords are responsible for making sure their tenants follow the law.

Owens said Cleveland will conduct a public-service campaign to educate residents about the new collection system and recycling program.

The city stepped up enforcement of ordinances governing trash collection last year by issuing 2,900 tickets, nearly five times more tickets than in 2008. Those infractions include citations for people who put out their trash too early or fail to bring in their garbage cans from the curb in a timely manner.

The Division of Waste Collection is on track to meet its goal of issuing 4,000 citations this year, Owens said.

“We’re trying to make sure Cleveland stays clean and residents are properly informed on how these things should be set out,” he said. “By issuing these tickets, it’s helping us change the attitude or perception on how things should be set out.”

Councilman Martin Keane, who represents the West Park neighborhood, said he would prefer that the Division of Waste Collection use more discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket. A warning in many instances would suffice, he said.

“Everybody knows the ones who blatantly disregards the law,” Keane said. “Those are the people we should hit with a $100 ticket.”

Published in: on August 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coloradans Outraged Over Police Beating of Dog Owner

http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-second-police-beating-txt,0,3693269.story

New case & new video: Man walking dogs alleges police used excessive force

Heidi Hemmat Investigative Reporter

8:18 PM MDT, August 17, 2010

DENVER – What started as a walk to the park with his dogs ended with a trip to the hospital for a Denver dog owner. 32-year-old Mark Ashford says he was beaten black and blue by two Denver Police officers.

“They punched him and pinned him up against the fence and forced his head into the concrete.” Ashford’s attorney, Will Hart, said the beating that was caught on camera is a clear case of Excessive Force. “This happened when he was walking his dogs, he has a conversation with another citizen that the police officer doesn’t like and as a result, he ends up in the hospital,” said Hart.

Hart says Mark Ashford was walking his dogs near 20th and Little Raven in LoDo, when he saw police pull over a driver for failing to stop at a stop sign. Ashford told the driver he saw him stop and would be willing to testify in court. Hart says the officer overheard him and “wasn’t very happy.”

That’s when Ashford says the Denver police officers demanded his I.D. and detained him. Ashford tried to take a picture of the officers to document the incident, and a few second later he was on the ground.

Police charged Ashford with interference and resisting arrest. Hart says, the charges were later dropped because the officers violated Ashford’s 4th amendment rights, “they had no reason to stop him, take his ID or detain him.”

An Excessive Force complaint was filed against both officers involved. A Denver police spokesperson says the internal affairs department has completed its investigation, but they are now turning the case over to the independent police monitor. Police won’t say if the officers were disciplined in any way until the investigation is complete.

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Russian Scholar Warns Of ‘Secret’ U.S. Climate Change Weapon

http://www.rferl.org/content/Russian_Scholar_Warns_Of_Secret_US_Climate_Change_Weapon/2114381.html

The heatwave has caused forest and peat fires across RussiaThe heatwave has caused forest and peat fires across Russia

July 30, 2010
By Ashley Cleek
As Muscovites suffer record high temperatures this summer, a Russian political scientist has claimed the United States may be using climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and other Central Asian countries.

In a recent article, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic Culture Foundation, wrote, “At the moment, climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries.”

The article has been carried by publications throughout Russia, including “International Affairs,” a journal published by the Foreign Ministry and by the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.

In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off from claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely positing a theory.

“First of all, I would like to say that what I wrote in that article, even the citations, does not in any way claim to a be final truth. It is, if you will, speculation, in other words, the definition of an hypothesis,” Areshev said.

Moscow is currently sweltering under record temperatures. On July 29 Moscow suffered its hottest day ever, with temperatures hitting 39 degrees.

But Russia isn’t the only country suffering form a heat wave this summer. Indeed, the United States is also experiencing record temperatures. On July 24, temperatures in Washington, D.C., hit 37.7 degrees, and local weather services issued heat warnings for the first time this summer.  

Areshev agrees that it is also hot in the United States, but notes that the United States is significantly farther south than Russia, meaning that such high temperatures are not so surprising there.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, however, announced in July that land and ocean temperatures throughout the world were the highest ever, since they began tracking global temperatures in 1880.

Conspiracy Theories

In the article, Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the U.S. Defense Department and the University of Alaska.

HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection.

Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction “in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.”

Areshev’s article also references an unmanned spacecraft X-37B, an orbital test vehicle the Pentagon launched in April 2010. The Pentagon calls X-37B a prototype for a new “space plane” that could take people and equipment to and from space stations. Areshev, however, alleges that the X-378 carries “laser weaponry” and could be a key component in the Pentagon’s climate-change arsenal.

The Pentagon was not immediately reachable for comment.

Areshev also cites the U.S. government’s effort to use rain and cloud coverage to block the Vietnam Army’s supply routes during the Vietnam War. He insisted, however, that he was not a conspiracy theorist.

“My comments were not made in order to accuse the U.S., or any other country, of consciously influencing Russia,” Areshev said. “That would be quite ridiculous.”  

Asked whether or not Russia was also experimenting with climate-control methods, Areshev said since he was not a member of the government, he did not have information about such projects. 

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Many Guns Are Too Many?

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/how-many-guns-are-too-many_08132010

After responding to a burglary call at a Rockford, Illinois home, police failed to apprehend the thief but found something that is perhaps much more interesting. WTVO reports that upon entering the home of an unnamed 67 year old resident they were surprised to find a weapons cache of over 300 weapons ranging from shotguns to rifles.

The homeowner, a registered firearm owner, was out of town at the time of the burglary. According to police, the weapons were taken for safekeeping. The guns will be cross-checked against police databases to ensure they have not been used for criminal activity.

While it’s probably a good idea to take the weapons for safekeeping, considering that the house was broken into and the homeowner was out of town, what’s equally as interesting is the reaction of the neighbors:

“It’s just un-real to see this many guns involved a regular residential neighborhood,” says concerned resident McArthur Tennin.

Coley Woods lives across the street from the home. He says, “I’m thinking it’s an accident or something, but I look over and I see them with all them rifles.”

Woods’ says, “Even if he’s a registered gun owner or not, that just seems like its too many rifles.”

This brings to the forefront the question of how many guns are too many?

Three hundred may seem like quite a large number to the average, non-gun collecting American. But the homeowner in this particular case is 67 years old, suggesting he may have been a collector of fine weaponry for several decades. Considering this, it is not out of the question for a retiree to amass a large gun collection.

Hopefully the homeowner will have his guns returned when he gets back to town, but he’ll most certainly have a lot of questions to answer at the local police station.

A recent Austin, Texas search warrant executed against a resident who had been involved in digging an under ground bunker yielded a variety of self defense armaments, including large amounts of ammunition and 19 weapons, as well as compressed gas tanks used for welding.

The neighbors in this case also responded with fear:

“It’s scary to know that he had all that down there. What if something had exploded,” Landon said.

Another example of police seizing weapons for “safe keeping” was recently reported in Anatomy of a Police State Setup and Coverup, where police arrived at the home of a San Luis Obispo, California resident who was legally target shooting on his land. After executing an illegal search warrant, police found a safe containing several weapons and subsequently seized those weapons for safe keeping. The justification for the search and seizure was that the homeowner negligently discharged his firearm, something he had done for years without issue.

It seems that anytime law enforcement enters a home, be it legally or illegally, and a weapons cache is found, anything more than perhaps a handgun and a rifle rings the alarm, resulting in a painstaking process for the gun owner if they ever want to retrieve the weapons.

Since the second amendment of the Constitution makes no specific reference the number of arms an individual can store for personal defense, there should be no question as to how many weapons one can personally own and keep at home. Has law enforcement and the citizenary come up with an imaginary and arbitrary number that’s safe for everyone? Perhaps one gun per household, or maybe a bit more leniency and we can make it one gun per resident of the home?

Where should we draw the line?

Maybe the best thing to do is to first determine if the individual in question has or had ill intentions with the weapons before we use the media to spread fear about extremist, right-wing pistol packers.

One thing’s for sure, however. Because of failures by our federal policing agencies to stop the flow of illegal aliens through our southern border, namely those related to drug smuggling and violence, ranchers in states like Texas and Arizona should probably be heavily armed, lest they end up either stabbed to death or have their land taken over by paramilitary drug organizations. If those living in violence prone areas ever need to call upon neighbors or local militia to assist with defending their land against would-be drug smugglers, kidnappers and thieves, it’s better that they be armed to the teeth with 300 shotguns and rifles than sling shots and BB guns.

Hat tip Check It News

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: August 13th, 2010
Visit the Author’s Website: http://www.SHTFplan.com/

Senate Bill S510 Makes it illegal to Grow, Share, Trade or Sell Homegrown Food

The World’s Prophecy
August 13, 2010

Update:

Since the story first broke, a lot has happened. One reason for this could be that food is being poisoned. Collecting rainwater is now illegal in many states. Your intake is being controlled. For more information, visit the following articles as well:

Raiding organic food stores. A sign of new times?

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

Why do people in America refuse to take active interest in their future?

S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010,  may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.  It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes.  It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.”  ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.

Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes.  S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.

History

In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry.  Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization “WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control.  Monsanto promoted HACCP.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton, urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president.  Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller*, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto.  Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.

S 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human survival grounds.

1.  It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency.  It resembles the Kissinger Plan.

2.  It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security.  It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection.  Instead, S 510 says:

COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.

Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party.

3.  It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.

    4.  It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements.  Its bizarre history and its expected impact in limiting access to adequate nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides, hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic food and health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins to survive, not just to treat illnesses.

    5.  It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security. See Seeds – How to criminalize them, for more details.

    6.  It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease.  Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out to substitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold patents.  Animal diseases can be falsely declared.  S 510 includes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its corrupt involvement in the H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the corporations.

    7.  It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsen food safety.

    8.  It deconstructs what is left of the American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and puts them under the total control of multinational corporations influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer.  The chance to rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected occupations would be eliminated.

    9.  It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make food even more unsafe.  The five items listed — the Five Pillars of Food Safety — are precisely the items in the food supply which are the primary source of its danger.

    10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied.  It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review. It is (similar to C-6 in Canada) the end of Rule of Law in the US.

    For further information, watch these videos:

    Food Laws – Forcing people to globalize

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia-P4rL2IWc

    State Imposed Violence … to snatch resources of ordinary people

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onw_PkVvpts&feature=related

    Corporate Rule

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PwqUQ_HIlg&feature=related

    Reclaiming Economies

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXoJHG-er7A&feature=related

    Oak snake image at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Florida

    http://snipurl.com/vrg6p

    Source

    Security Tackles and Chokes Deaf Customer for Failure to Respond

    YouTube
    August 13, 2010

    Two deaf shoppers at XXI in Los Angeles, CA were approached by security and asked for their receipts. One was tackled and choked for an extended length of time while the other pleaded with security to stop, trying to explain that they are deaf. Police responded and arrested the alleged shoplifter for robbery and assault. By the looks of this video, it is hard to imagine how the deaf man laying on the ground turning purple from lack of oxygen assaulted anyone.

    Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  

    Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!

    http://www.naturalnews.com/029477_fluoride_China.html
    (NaturalNews) Much of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies across the United States is imported from China, and is contaminated with heavy metals, according to a warning by Bernard Miltenberger, president of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland.

    In a letter published in the Cumberland Times-News, Miltenberger notes that he first became aware of the issue in an engineering report for the city of Boulder, Colo. The report noted that the fluoridation chemicals used for the city’s water had been evaluated, and were found to contain lead levels of 40 milligrams per bag and arsenic levels of 50 milligrams per bag. The bags were being imported from China under no regulatory monitoring of acid or salt content.

    Miltenberger then visited the Frostburg Water Filtration Plant in Maryland and noticed that the fluoride bags were not labeled with any importation information. He contacted the plant’s chemical supplier, Univar USA, and was then referred to Sovay fluorides. Sovay informed him that the fluoride had been manufactured by Shanghai Minthchem Development in China.

    “This type of trade from a country with a track record of lead paint on toys to antifreeze in cough syrup medicine is completely unacceptable,” Miltenberger writes.

    Heavy metal contamination is only the latest concern to emerge over the practice of water fluoridation, which has been controversial since its inception. Fluoride is a well-known toxic chemical, as Miltenberger notes:

    “The material safety data sheets from Solvay fluorides show that a teaspoon amount of five grams of sodium fluoride can be fatal to an average size man of 70kg. … chronic toxicity by oral route may cause skeletal and dental fluorosis, thyroid, testes, kidney, liver, ambiguous carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, fetotoxic and fertility effects.”

    Miltenberger also notes that fluoride toothpaste contains a warning that anyone who consumes more than a pea-size amount should contact a poison control center at once. This amount of toothpaste contains as much fluoride as just eight ounces of fluoridated water. A prescription-strength fluoride supplement marketed by Colgate warns that children under the age of six should not consume doses regularly added to municipal water.

    Sources for this story include:
    http://www2.fluoridealert.org/Alert….

    Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

    Doctor urges fast food restaurants to hand out pharma drugs like ketchup packets (opinion)

    http://www.naturalnews.com/029467_statin_drugs_fast_food.html

    (NaturalNews) It sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t: A doctor from Imperial College London whose study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology has proclaimed that people who eat burgers and milkshakes at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs (like ketchup packets) to counteract the cholesterol effects of eating burgers.

    “Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge,” says Dr. Darrel Francis, lead author of study, who goes on to complain that statin drugs shouldn’t be prescription drugs at all. People should be able to get them as easily as asking for a packet of ketchup: “It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge,” Francis says, calling statins a “supplement” instead of a drug. Yeah, as if it were a nutrient or something.

    What Francis doesn’t mention is the disastrous side effects of statin drugs: Extreme muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, the loss of CoQ10 (a vital nutrient for heart health), liver damage, erectile dysfunction, constipation and much more. I know people who say they were almost killed by statin drugs but who thankfully recognized the symptoms and stopped taking these dangerous chemical medications before things got worse.

    But this doctor from Imperial College London apparently doesn’t believe such side effects are a big deal. Statin drugs are so safe, he says, that fast food restaurants should just hand them out like candy.

    Dangerous advice from a doctor

    The very premise of this argument is extremely dangerous: That you can go ahead and keep eating toxic fast food as long as you “protect” yourself by taking dangerous chemical medications.

    Gee, could you possibly get any worse health advice? It’s no wonder this advice is coming from a conventional M.D. The idea that you can block the harm from fast food by swallowing a patented chemical medication with your meal is so absurd as to be stupid. Really: It’s just a simplistic, low-I.Q. conclusion from a doctor who obviously knows nothing about nutrition.

    What’s he going to recommend next? Free chemo pills to counteract the cancer-causing effects of bacon and sausage? Here, kids, chow down on a little chemo before you head off to school. It’s good for ya! Maybe the industry will come up with gummy-shaped chemo bears for kids. (Don’t laugh. I’ve made similarly comical suggestions in the past that turned out to be true…)

    But here’s the best part of Dr. Francis’ absurd logic: He compares taking statin drugs to the safety of wearing a seat belt while driving!

    “When people engage in risky behaviors like driving or smoking, they’re encouraged to take measures that minimize their risk, like wearing a seatbelt or choosing cigarettes with filters. Taking a statin is a rational way of lowering some of the risks of eating a fatty meal,” he says.

    Sure it is — if you enjoy kidney disease, liver disease, muscle weakness, CoQ10 depletion and other side effects. If you’re a foolish consumer who thinks you can counteract the dangerous chemicals in fast food by swallowing another dangerous chemical to “counteract” it, then free statin drugs might sound downright brilliant.

    But in the real world, where the laws of biochemistry don’t cater to the absurd ideas of drug-pushing researchers, fast food is bad for your health… and so is taking chemical medications. If you combine them, you don’t neutralize your health risk — you increase your total health risk by expanding it into all the areas of statin drug side effects.

    So now, instead of just destroying your heart and pancreas by wolfing down fast food, you’re also threatening your liver and kidneys with a chemical drug. That a doctor would actually recommend giving out free statin drugs to fast food customers is yet more proof that conventional medical training is a total failure and that mainstream doctors continue to remain clueless about real answers to health.

    The real answer to health, in this case, is to stop eating fast food hamburgers and milkshakes. And stop taking dangerous chemical medications while you’re at it. If you really want a healthy heart, blend up a superfood smoothie for lunch, or eat some heart-healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.

    What’s next from medical Loonyville?

    Now, think about this story. If Imperial College London can actually issue a press release touting this quack research (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsande…), and if a high-level researcher like Dr Darrel Francis (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine…) can genuinely conclude that free medications should be handed out to customers like ketchup packets, then what else might these people come up with?

    Happy Meals with free antidepressants, of course! Buy a Happy Meal and your kid gets some psychiatric drugs included with the toy. Munch away, kiddies!

    Or how about free diabetes drugs with every 12-pack of Coca-Cola products. Drink up all that liquid sugar, folks, and just be sure to swallow your diabetes pills that are included!

    Why not have free chemotherapy pills in every pack of hot dogs? That way, little kids can eat their hot dogs and then experience just enough nausea to vomit the processed meat back up. Problem solved!

    See, this whole idea that you can just throw more chemical medications at consumers and thereby “protect” them from food-induced diseases is pure medical madness. That someone from the world of conventional medicine would even suggest such a thing speaks poorly about the credibility of the medical industry at large. It’s becoming increasingly obvious to even mainstream consumers that following the health advice of conventional doctors is a very bad idea.

    Hey, why not just sell statin drug sandwiches where the drugs are baked right into the bread? Don’t laugh: It wasn’t too long ago that doctors in America suggested they drip statin drugs into the water supply because the drugs were so safe and effective that everyone needed them!

    Yeah, just like fluoride, if you can believe that.

    You know, I think the bottom line here is that too many medical researchers are taking their own drugs. Because one of the very first side effects from taking daily medications is a loss of cognitive function and impaired ability to reason. And when that goes, there’s no telling what kind of whoppers these people will come up with.

    Sources for this story:
    http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsande…

    Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 8:51 am  Leave a Comment  

    Our Fingernails Give Us a Window to Our Health

    http://www.naturalnews.com/029445_fingernails_health.html

    (NaturalNews) Nails can reveal much about your state of health as many diseases and serious conditions can be detected by changes in the nails.

    – White nails could be a sign of liver disease
    – If half of the nail is pink and half is white, this might mean kidney disease
    – Heart conditions could be indicated by a red nail bed
    – A yellowing and thickening of the nail with slowed down growth rate may be caused by lung diseases
    – If you are anemic, you could have pale nail beds
    – Yellowish nails, with a slight blush at the base area can be a sign of diabetes

    Dermatologists will be quick to point out that many nail disorders can result from poor nail care:

    A bacterial infection can lead to redness, swelling and pain of the skin folds around the nails or a green discoloration of the nail. Injury or frequent exposure to water and chemicals is often the culprit.

    Warts may be found in any portion of the nail and can cause the nail plate to change shape. Interference with nail growth can destroy the nail. Warts are viral infections that affect the skin surrounding or underneath the nail. As they can be painful and even spread, it is best to treat them early on.

    Mucinous cysts are clear, jelly filled papules at the base of the nail which can become painful and may even damage or deform the nail.

    Dark spots or streaks appearing on a nail, which are not the result of an injury, must be examined by a dermatologist. It could be melanoma which is the most lethal form of skin cancer.

    Psoriatic nails are a problem with many people who suffer from psoriasis or psoriasis arthritis. The signs are pitting, rippling and discoloration of the nail. The skin beneath the nail may develop a reddish-brown discoloration or separate from the nail bed, crumble, and even split.

    Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that causes thickening of the nails and may be present at the same time as the nail psoriasis. Psoriasis affects the nail when it is actually being formed, so it is difficult to treat.

    Nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause discoloration, thickening and crumbling edges, which are an unsightly and potentially painful problem. Treat nail fungus quickly. Diet is important in helping to treat nail fungus. You should include more probiotics – that is good bacteria – in your diet which can be yoghurt and kefir as well as the more unusual Olive leaf extract. Keep your hands and nails dry as fungus thrives in warm most areas.

    Take special care of your nails:

    – Keep them as short as possible.
    – Protect loose nails from damage because trauma will often trigger or worsen any nail condition.
    – Avoid vigorous cleaning and scraping under the nails. Handle your nails gently.
    – Use 3 capfuls of tar bath oil in a bowl of warm water to soak your nails for at least 20 minutes. Then rub moisturizer into each nail.
    – Avoid applying any nail hardener or artificial nails until your nail condition has cleared up.
    – Use a natural safe treatment such as one made from essential oils to treat nail conditions or seek the advice of an expert.

    As well as being on show, our nails are very important to our general wellbeing so take note of any change in their condition and treat accordingly.

    Sources:

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-…

    http://www.skinsite.com/info_nail_c…

    http://www.home-remedies-for-you.co…

    Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 8:50 am  Leave a Comment  

    Proposed Law Would Put Video Cameras In Cars

    Cryptogon
    August 10, 2010

    I’m sure the FBI wouldn’t access these cameras, like they access the microphones on the cell phones that people are carrying around. Oh no. Never.

    Via: CBS:

    Lawmakers are considering controversial new legislation this week that would allow vehicles to be equipped with dashboard cameras to record the moments leading up to accidents.

    The proposed law, AB1942, would promote safer driving habits and reduce accidents by permitting video recorders to be installed on the windshield. The bill currently allows devices to record video, audio, how fast and which direction the vehicle is traveling, a history of where your car has been, steering and brake performance and seat belt usage.

    Proponents say there are enough safety measures to avoid an invasion of privacy, but others call the proposal a huge overreach of government power.